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New Square Mother's Day Challenge

Last week I took part in a rather a unique challenge with my mom! Yes, we say mom here in the Midlands, ha! New Square West Bromwich invited us to shop it up a storm and style each other in a spring outfit. My mom has so much personal style and mixes Topshop or Urban Outfitters with vintage threads. I knew the challenge would be easy peasy though as there's every essential store at New Square; Outfit and River Island for a new season statement, and even Primark and H&M for a fast fashion treat. The challenge was in aid of Mother's Day as we're all hunting for a gift the she really wants that isn't a tea towel or bath salts at the moment!

We had a budget of £150 to gather an entire outfit including shoes and accessories in two hours, but first we fueled up at the new Turquoise Kitchen restaurant. It's a huge space with gorgeous authentic Turkish chandeliers and plenty of mezze and grills to choose from on huge platters. We had a mixture of hummus, seafood and salad dishes for lunch, and dove in with a huge lavas bread fresh from the oven. It was authentically moreish and so tasty; if it wasn't lunch time we could have kept dipping and snacking with endless bread! Every sauce and dip was delicious.

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Satisfied and ready to go, we hit the shops in a flurry. There are so many new spring trends to choose, from fun applique and gingham frills, to oversized striped shirts and shredded denim. We hit just about every store, from Claire's to Pandora, and it was fun to pull items we didn't first gravitate towards for each other. Once we had the skeleton set of the outfit, we hunted statement heels and fist fulls of embellished accessories.

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My outfit began with a gorgeous embroidered Topshop shirt with scalloped detailing and this season's famed bell sleeves. If you buy anything this season, make it a detailed sleeve! It's such an easy spring upgrade. My mom brightened this up with this bright River Island mini skirt with a scalloped edge in a very subtle faux suede texture - she's all about vintage-style materials. I wouldn't have gone for a metallic bag but this River Island satchel acted as another hue to keep the outfit from being too formal. I love this Claire's headband embellished with pearls, crystals and gold. It's so Gossip Girl! And the Primark choker and cuffs enhanced the shirt by again keeping it more casual.

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These River Island jewelled sandals weren't my first choice but they are so pretty on and inspire me to be a little more fun with my shoes. They're my least favourite thing to buy as I find it hard to choose pairs that suit all of my outfits, but actually these bling beauties go with more than you'd think!

For my mom I chose a pair of River Island grey high waisted trousers as her usual uniform is skirts and dresses. She said these were super comfy and perfect for work and dressing up so they were a win! Instead of a blouse, this Miss Selfridge denim top has the cold shoulder detailing that makes it so SS17 but can be teamed with so many other prints and fabrics too. A few long strand Claire's necklaces added a touch of her boho vibes, and these bright orange Dorothy Perkins sandals were the perfect heel to add a pop of colour and a punch to the whole outfit.

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It was such a fun afternoon, I so miss shopping with your mom when you were 13 in Tammy Girl. These outfits were photographed below for the Express and Star newspaper so keep your eyes peeled for that. You can also win a £100 voucher for your mom to spend on a shopping spree this Mother's Day here

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Competition Time! MTV Crashes Plymouth

Hi guys! I have a cheeky treat for you and myself to brighten up the beginning of our week! Myself, my squad and six of you lovelies will be hitting MTV Crashes Plymouth on Plymouth Hoe this month! I won’t be cramping your style – I have two VIP tickets to give away to you courtesy of CrossCountry trains! There are only 150 VIP tickets available each day and two of those babies could be yours. With the natural harbour backdrop, you could party with Example, Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Afro Jack, Subfocus and more – and when I say party with, I do actually mean there is a chance you could definitely score a selfie with some of those acts when you’re schmoozing in VIP on the Friday.

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I am from landlocked Birmingham in the centre of the Midlands but I’m hopping on a CrossCountry train directly there, easily whisking me away to the scenic coast. Along with the VIP tickets - which include exclusive access to mingle with celebs and artists in the VIP area, a cash bar, a buffet (no burger van for you my friend!) and a welcome drink – plus a VIP lanyard to flaunt around in your snaps, I also have four standard event tickets up my sleeve for two runners up to bag. The CrossCountry network is the most extensive in Britain so Plymouth is in reaching distance, and don’t forget your 16-25 railcard (mine has officially ran out, SOB) and 10% off with NUS Extra. Simply enter below for a chance to win the VIP or standard tickets for Friday 29th.

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Terms and conditions. The prize doesn’t include travel to or from the event. Please note there are age restrictions for each day.Three winners will be chosen at random and tickets cannot be exchanged for monetary value.


Fancy Copenhagen Fashion Festival?

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What are you doing next week? Would you like to go to Copenhagen?? I'm going to Copenhagen Fashion Festival as an ambassador and I've got some extra tickets to give away too! 

The deets you need to know are... 

Copenhagen Fashion Festival runs alongside Copenhagen Fashion Week, offering shopping events, exhibitions and parties for consumers. It sounds like the whole city becomes a fashion mecca and there's literally events from 9am- 5am. The fab thing is that Copenhagen consumers are much like the cool kids above! So you have chance to spend a few days attending events such as a La Glace macaroon party, makeovers and hand massages at ILLUM's cosmetic department, Max Factor makeovers, a Cheap Monday barbeque, champagne with Juicy Couture, and endless competitions, refreshments, discounts, canal tours, and street art. At night there are many events that are free or open guestlist, with parties hosted by Dior, Elite Models and Levis. There's like three parties at least every night so you could try them all! Friday 12th is the Fashion Night Out, with discounts and drinks at every shop from Acne to H&M. There's also the Green Walk, that highlights sustainable and ethical exhibitions and shopping- something I'll be checking out! Take a look at the events schedule to see the jam packed days.

Norwegian fly from London Gatwick twice daily; mid morning and early evening. I believe the flights are flexible across the Festival, so make sure you could be free on these days, or maybe one day either side! I'm going down on the Thursday. If you're a fashion blogger maybe you could apply for some show tickets!

The competition is for two return flights from London to Copenhagen! Travel in style and spend a few days in the coolest city. I could possibly fill a whole month with places I want to visit in that city, but the Fashion Festival events mean it will be a fashion explosion of style and shopping, with many exuberant parties to sample! Also Copenhagen hosts all those Swedish shops you will love... Gina Tricot... Weekday... Monki! Ahhh!

I'm not flying there of course as I just need to make it to Malmö and it's right next door! Maybe you're a blogger and want to go alone to sample the city. Or maybe you can think of a best friend/partner who totally deserves it. I understand many people have school and work so I don't think everyone will be able to apply, but if you can take a few days off and be spontaneous for a once in a lifetime free trip, then leave a comment! Just say if you'd like one or two tickets and if you're a blogger I might be able to sort you out accommodation! Were you planning on travelling this summer? Maybe this is fate! Travel now, sample Scandinavia, and crash some amazing parties! The Festival isn't a strict march, you can drop in on whichever events you like or just fika in the capital!

I'll close the competition on Friday at 9pm and then I'll contact the winners so you have the weekend to confirm. If something comes up this week after you've applied, then I'll generate some more winners. Maybe we can meet up and party together ^_^.

P.S. The last competition I did was ages ago for a super sweet Love Hearts and Crosses pin and I didn't announce the winner! What a bad blogger. I've generated and emailed now! xx